BEIRUT: A judge issued Thursday an arrest warrant for a defected Syrian colonel, who confessed to planning to form a rebel brigade in north Lebanon to fight President Bashar Assad's forces.
Military Investigative Judge Fadi Sawwan issued the warrant against Col. Mohammad Ahmad Amer following a thorough interrogation, a judicial source told The Daily Star.
While in custody, the defected colonel confessed to working with rebels from the Free Syrian Army in Turkey to establish a rebel brigade in Tripoli, the source said.
Amer, according to the source, had defected from the Syrian army and fled to Tripoli with his family.
He was arrested last month for possessing weapons and explosives.
A compact disk and a USB device confiscated from the colonel’s home in Tripoli contained information, maps and military strategies, the source added.
Sawwan, the source said, referred the case to a military prosecutor for recommendation.
Meanwhile, Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr charged 12 people including two Syrians and a Lebanese for allegedly forming an armed gang with the intention of carrying out terrorist attacks and assassination plots against prominent figures in the north, who are supportive of the Syrian regime.
They were charged with purchasing weapons, detonators, shells, bombs and ammunition as well as planting car bombs.
The charge came days after General Security arrested three people for allegedly being part of a terrorist network.